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TodayIn case you missed it...1 comments · 42 views
I'm very interested in hearing your thoughts about it so far, although admittedly it's just starting. I'm not talking about corrections and such (although those are always welcome), I'd like to know your impressions... what you like about it and to know if you're finding it intriguing at all! I mean, it sorta depends on that, so your comments will help me a lot to see if what I'm writing is what I want to convey.
We need Tavi smileys.
SundayOkay, done for now...5 comments · 119 views
Thanks to Google's unreliable chat on the doc, I'm afraid I'll be cutting tonight's session short. I will, however attempt again tomorrow night, if anyone is interested.
If there's an option you guys might know to allow people to chat so that there's more interaction than just me typing away, please let me know.
SundayOkay! It's time to start...6 comments · 223 views
Here's some flavor text to put us in the mood:
Commander Shepard - Male: What're you up to now, Zaeed?
Zaeed Massani: Next time another clone of yours tries stealing your life, we'll have a nice little surprise rigged for them. Isn't that right, Garrus?
Garrus Vakarian: [Over Zaeed's radio] Spared no expense.
Zaeed Massani: So, in walks your clone, takes a look around, sees this great hot tub and says to themself, "hey, I fancy a dip."
Garrus Vakarian: Big mistake.
Zaeed Massani: Huge. The minute they put so much as a toe in the water, a timer starts counting down.
Commander Shepard - Male: To what?
Zaeed Massani: Arma-fucking-geddon. Thirty seconds later, this baby heats right up.
Commander Shepard - Male: And then what?
Zaeed Massani: You ever swim a few laps on the surface of the sun? No? Well, your clone will be. Heh-heh. That'll teach 'em.
Commander Shepard - Male: But what if I want to use the hot tub?
Zaeed Massani: Covered that. It's keyed to your DNA.
Commander Shepard - Male: But a clone would have the same DNA as me.
Zaeed Massani: Goddamned clone.
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1w, 3d43 Students Killed59 comments · 1,088 views
I normally don't use my blog for this, but if I don't say anything about this, I'll regret it.
Now, some of you are probably aware of what happened in Mexico with the 43 students gone missing in September and what happened afterwards... the fact that it basically exploded into violent riots is not surprising.
A couple of years ago, a friend of mine decided to drive from Mexico City to New Laredo, a drive he had done several times before. We never heard from him again. A couple of cartel members were caught at one point and identified his vehicle and confessed to shooting him because they had felt like it.
Several years ago, the cousin of a friend of mine was abducted and killed by kidnappers seeking money. Another acquaintance at the time got shot for bumping someone on the road. And those two were before the Cartels became the big news item internationally.
This might seem distant and possibly irrelevant to you, since you're most likely not in Mexico and who cares about other contries right? Well, there's plenty of us who do care, who have friends and family there, and it affects us. You know us. You read our stories, and blogs and share with us pictures and memes on Tumblr or the Social Media site of your choice.
Tragedy happens all over the world, but remaining silent and doing nothing, is not a good way to deal with it. I'm not advocating violence here, either, but I think, that if I have about 3440 followers here, all of you with contacts and all of them with contacts of their own, we can do something. Something small, maybe, but perhaps enough to add up to what's happening out there and make a difference.
So what am I asking for? Get informed, see what's going on, how others around the world are already protesting it, from South Korea to Brazil. Think how you would feel... if you're a student, the morning after you said goodbye to your friends, they're gone. A classroom full of empty desks, save for you and a few others.
If you're a teacher, you've thought about this when you have seen school violence in the US, for example... the lives you're helping shape, the families you have affected... broken and gone. You wonder what happened to them... and you find out. Ashes. The rest? Thrown into the river to hide evidence.
If you're a parent... last night your kid called you, "Hey, dad/mom, I'll have to call you later, the police is picking me up."
I'm a parent. Whenever I see news about school violence here, I freak out about the future of my son. I have a sister... and parents in Mexico. Cousins, uncles, aunts. I know, one day, I'll find out that someone they know has gone missing, if not something closer to home.
So what am I getting at? Once you get informed, once you decide that yes, that is shit you wouldn't want happening to you or those you love, do something simple. Create more awareness on your blogs, tumblrs, imgur, reddit, facebook, etc. It's a corruption that won't be gone until we all, Mexicans and The World put pressure on until we crush it. Make memes pointing out what's wrong with this and why we're all together as part of this same crazy-ass world and that we don't want that crap happening to our neighbors and friends any more than we want it happening to us.
Don't get in trouble, but make some trouble, as we can and peacefully, for those that need to be in trouble.